Wood dust


Evaluation of prevention strategies for reducing the burden of cancer in the Ontario construction industry

In progress. This study will estimate the number of future cancers being generated by current exposures in the Ontario construction industry, and evaluate a series of prevention strategies.

From awareness to taking action: Exploring the impact of heightened awareness of workplace exposures in Sarnia and Sudbury

Complete. The objective of this study was to understand what encourages workplaces to reduce workers’ exposures to carcinogens, and to investigate whether heightened social awareness and community pressure can encourage workplace-level change.

Completing the picture: Collecting workplace exposure information from community health clinics’ patients

Complete. The goal of this study was to determine whether it is feasible within a clinical setting to ask workers about their current occupational exposures and risks in order to provide a means to identify people potentially exposed to hazardous substances or dangerous situations in the workplace.

Occupational exposure limits for carcinogens in Ontario workplaces: Opportunities to prevent and control exposure

Identifying opportunities for Ontario to improve its occupational exposure limits for carcinogens.

Analysis of the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s MESU exposure database

Completed. The goal of this project was to identify priority workplace carcinogens and analyze exposure to these substances in Ontario, based on the Ministry of Labour’s MESU dataset.

The Toronto lung cancer case-control study and SYNERGY project

Completed. The goal of this project was to examine associations between multiple occupational exposures and smoking within a Toronto-based lung cancer case-control study, and to contribute data to an international pooled case-control study.

Wood dust and sinonasal cancer in Canada

Completed. This study investigates occupational exposure to wood dust and the rate of sinonasal cancers in Ontario and across Canada.

Occupational cancer surveillance using the 1991-2006 Canadian census mortality & cancer cohort

Completed. The goal of this project is to identify occupations, industries, or exposures that lead to an increased risk of cancer, by using a database containing information from the 1991 long form census linked to the Canadian Cancer Registry data.

The human and economic burden of occupational cancer in Canada

Complete. This study estimated the number of cancers and cancer deaths occurring in Canada due to workplace exposure to carcinogens, and the economic costs of these cancers.